David Perdue, who is now running for governor of Georgia as the Trump-backed candidate took to comparing aspects of contemporary life to life under Nazi rule.
Speaking on a Trump-favored conservative online talk show, “Diamond and Silk,” Republican candidate Perdue likened Trump’s removal to some of the most repressive regimes in history. “When individual citizens lose the right of free voice then we turn into a Germany in 1933 or a Russia in 1919, a Cuba in 1959 or Venezuela today,” he said.
These comments invited a major backlash from Jewish leaders and activists, who for years, have pleaded with many, including a cadre of right-wing Republicans to stop analogizing current events to the Holocaust era.
Soon after Perdue’s comment, a Jewish state legislator in Georgia, Democrat Mike Wilensky said, “David Perdue should be ashamed of his comments — he should retract them immediately and apologize to not only Georgia’s Jewish community but the whole Jewish community.”
Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, who leads a Reform synagogue in Marietta, a suburb of Atlanta, also decried the comparison, tweeting to Perdue, “I welcome the opportunity to discuss the Holocaust with you. Your analogy is not appropriate and using the Holocaust as a political tool disparages the 6 million innocent Jews that were killed. Let’s talk.”